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The race for No. 2: Ripple’s XRP is growing, and Ethereum is shrinking. Why?

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Over the last three weeks, Ripple’s XRP cryptocurrency has been raising in price slowly but steadily. As we write this article, it’s trading in green numbers at $0.422 even during the current bearish run of the market, which means despite regular market dips, it’s doubled its price in a relatively short time.

Moreover, for some days during the recent period, it’s been the world’s second coin, beating Ethereum. But will that be consistent? Should Ethereum be worried? Well, maybe. Ripple advancements and XRP’s massive growth is undoubtedly putting Ethereum’s dominance in question.

Ethereum came live in 2015, and it quickly became the most crucial blockchain in the world, second only to Bitcoin. It became the dominant platform for smart-contracts and many of today’s most exciting blockchain technologies came to life using Ethereum’s operating system (Tron and EOS are the primary examples).

But now, Ripple (XRP) grows while Ethereum is shrinking

Before this September 18th, the gap between ETH and XRP was huge. Ethereum’s market value more than doubled that of Ripple’s. As we write this article, the difference among both assets is around three billion (17 vs. 20 billion). If things keep moving in the current direction, this gap could close down, and even reverse in the next few weeks, if not sooner.

The recent XRP bullish run is the highest it’s ever had. It went up by 200% in fewer than four days just a couple of weeks again. And now ever after yesterday’s market crash, Ripple’s XRP is leading the green army, but Ethereum still rests in the red forest.

Current Ripple rise could be the result of several factors

First of all, there was the Swell conference last week. That’s Ripple’s yearly reunion for investors and partners. It was supposed to be a low-key, routine, event, but when this event is about to happen, the price rises each year as speculators try to get in the action just in case a big announcement will shake the cryptosphere. That brings prices up, if only for a couple of weeks.

But there was an actual announcement this time. Ripple’s new xRapid platform is live as of this week, and it already has three partners using it at the production stage.

The difference between this and other of Ripple’s software services is that this one actually uses the XRP token to settle international transactions. Previous Ripple applications could use XRP, but it was optional. The new feature is expected to boost up XRP adoption around the world.

Another possible factor behind current XRP surge is the speculation that SWIFT (the biggest Ripple competitor as we knew some time ago) could surrender to Ripple blockchain. After Banco Santander going live on SWIFT GPI, rumors of SWIFT using RippleNet under their GPI shadow have heightened. This all more likely has triggered current Ripple spike.

What’s wrong with Ethereum?

Ethereum, on the other hand, has been going down all year. While it remains the world’s main platform for implementing smart-contracts, lots of complaints have been published all over Twitter, Reddit, and other social media about the network.

It’s becoming too slow, and the gas price is becoming too high. Also, earlier this year two of Ethereum’s most important users (Tron and EOS) left behind the network and the ETH token to star their own Main Nets.

On top of that, last month the network was basically taken over by users playing a simple game and that made bandwidth very scarce for many other projects.

Ethereum remains the most essential cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, which means that if it does poorly or if it falls to third place, the market will feel the psychological hit as well. Is this really possible?

We can’t say for sure. But as Ripple’s successes become apparent and Ethereum’s failures do as well, it is possible. And this is just the beginning. Other tokens such as Cardano’s ADA, Stellar’s XLM or Tron’s Tronix are either doing well in recent days or still looking very promising for investors.

Ethereum has grown used to be the only game in town besides Bitcoin. It’s going to have to think twice about that now as Ripple’s XRP has come neck-close already.

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The Crucial Role of Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain in Modernising The Telco Industry

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Blockchain has caused quite a stir in recent years. In fact, there’s a school of thought that firmly believes the digital ledger technology will prove to be the 21st Century’s biggest innovation

There are a great many industries braced for the disruptive force of blockchain, and the sweeping benefits it can bring to telecommunications can’t be underestimated. 

A blockchain is a decentralised, distributed, public digital ledger that’s fundamentally used to record transactions online. Every transaction that takes place is recorded across an extensive array of computers in a way that ensures that any individual record within the chain can’t be tampered with or retroactively modified. 

Because of the virtually impregnable security associated with blockchain and the efficiency that comes with a fully decentralised ledger, there’s plenty of potential for the technology within the telco industry in particular – especially given the financial flexibility that comes with cryptocurrency transactions beyond borders. 

Let’s take a deeper look at the important role that both blockchain and its associated cryptocurrencies can play in modernising and securing the telco industry:

Unprecedented security

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Can Libra help the crypto industry to reach new heights?

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Libra is motivated and determined to change the face of payment procedures across the globe and make the blockchain-based project the leaders of payments.
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The market for cryptocurrencies started with the launch of Bitcoin in 2009, and since then, so many cryptocurrencies have been launched that it gets hard to keep track of them. The crypto market has seen massive growth in the past 3-4 years as it started gaining attention from mass media, which helped in this boom.

From the past 2-3 years, several new cryptocurrency projects were launching in the market. Amid all this, the social media giant – Facebook announced the launch of their cryptocurrency platform, and this news got viral like wildfire. The announcement came forward in June, and the upcoming cryptocurrency is known as Libra, and it’ll come with its dedicated wallet called Calibra.

What is Libra?

Libra is a permissioned blockchain-based digital currency which is being developed under the supervision of Facebook’s vice president, David A. Marcus. The cryptocurrency is under development in partnership with an independent, non-profit member Libra Association. Facebook is the second member of the project, and these companies aim to use Facebook’s user base for the promotion of the digital currency when it is launched. The transactions and the cryptocurrency will be managed and cryptographically entrusted by the Libra Association.

Note: Libra Association was established by Facebook to look after the cryptocurrency and the transactions, and it was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Why Blockchain Projects Keep Failing

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If you’ve been keeping up with news coming out of the blockchain community over the past year, you’ve probably heard countless projects hyped as the next best thing—only for them to fall off completely off the map a few months later. While some of these projects offered no practical solutions and seemed destined to fail, others creatively used blockchain technology to enhance the way we perform day-to-day tasks.

So, What’s the Problem?

For starters, many of these founders have no real experience running a business or managing finances. Instead, teams are usually comprised of programmers and tech geeks with the ability to develop blockchain-driven apps, but have no clue about project management, allocating resources, effective team building or marketing.

What’s more, when you look at the average blockchain start-up’s website, you’ll probably find a list of team members with accolades a mile long. And many of these “achievements” are in similar blockchain projects that have yet to take off. This makes it hard to distinguish between what is hype and what is credible information, which scares off all but the high-risk investor.

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The sudden interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology can be compared to the California Gold Rush. Everyone wants to get in on the ground floor so that they can make as much money as possible.

Unfortunately, this mentality isn’t just…

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